Today’s Alberta Deserves A Senate Nominee With Multi-Party Appeal

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Throughout this campaign I’ve emphasized how hyper-partisanship plagues federal politics. What separates me from other candidates is that I stand for a truly non-partisan approach to politics. Unlike other Senate nominee candidates I stand for thinking seriously about issues instead of blindly following the party line with respect to what government should do to improve […]

Video: The Democracy I Used to Know

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Inspired by our favourite Canadian Comedian, Ian rants about the need for accountability and oversight in the Alberta Senate nominee election. In particular, Ian voices his concern with Wildrose candidates that are raising only provincial issues in their run for a federal senate position.

“Don’t Get Fooled Again”: Can Conservatives Be Non-Partisans?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

With only four days left in the election campaigns it’s time to take a close look at the bill of goods Conservative Senate candidates are trying to sell you when it comes to their abilities to walk the talk about non-partisanship they like to use. The Senate is a partisan institution, they are running as […]

I Hope I Saw a Glimpse of the Future Tonight

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Tonight Edmonton’s NextGen and InterVivos sponsored Candi(date) – an interactive forum between candidates in the provincial/Senate nominee elections and electors. NextGen’s mandate makes me wish I was still somewhere in the 18 to 40 year old demographic they appeal to (OK, actually I would want to be an over 30 NextGen since the 19th Century […]

Hats off to the People of the Hat

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Everyone should run for public office. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get out and meet people, to hear and hopefully to listen to their concerns and their ambitions. Last Thursday I was able to spend most of the day in Medicine Hat. There I met people who are trying to increase the Hat’s vitality and […]

“Father Knows Best” and Alberta’s First Nations

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

On Saturday Trish Audette wrote in the Edmonton Journal that environmental issues have been missing from the two election campaigns taking place now. She might also have said the same about First Nations. This omission is perhaps most glaring in the “other Alberta election,” for three coveted senator-in-waiting positions. Since this race is for a […]

Video – Ian on Renewable Energy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

The Next Alberta sees the world’s energy economy at a turning point. Albertans need to be proactive to ensure that renewable energy joins oil and gas as an important part of our energy future. About 85 percent of the electricity used in Alberta today comes from fossil fuels. Encouraging the use and development of renewable […]

In the City of 100 Hellos What Language Will Get Ottawa’s Attention?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

“It smells gross, doesn’t it.” Taylor, working Safeway’s express checkout, said that as I bought a snack for my drive back to Vulcan. She was talking about the smell from Lakeside’s beef processing operations. It’s especially pungent on a windy, drizzly evening like last Thursday night in Brooks. Before I stopped at Safeway I made […]

Video – Ian on Empowering Albertans

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

This land was built on the democratic principles of public participation, debate, and dissent. Excessive partisanship, letting ideology trump fairness and common sense, destroys the people’s faith in politics and respect for public service. The Next Alberta makes public participation a priority.  As a University of Alberta professor, it’s never been more clear to me […]

Attack of the Clones?: The Wildrose Senate Nominee Candidates

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Happy Debate Day. I’m Meatball. Ian raced out of here yesterday to drive to Brooks for an all-candidates forum. I was snoring on the couch when he shook me and offered me a box of milkbones if I would write something for him while he was away. What discerning bulldog could refuse? He’s asked me […]